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January 1960

Staphylococcal Infections.

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By Ian Maclean Smith, M.D., CH.B., F.R.F.P.S.G. Price, $4.25. Pp. 180, with illustrations. The Year Book Publishers, Inc., 200 E. Illinois St., Chicago 11, 1958.

AMA Arch Intern Med. 1960;105(1):175. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.00270130191029

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This small monograph systematically covers the essentials of human staphylococcal infections and also offers a chapter on staphylococcal diseases of animals for the veterinarian. While it is written for the physician in practice it might also have served the microbiologist and pathologist who are interested in the variable behavior of the Staphylococcus under diverse conditions of age, organ localization, and abnormal metabolic states. Unfortunately its value for the serious student will suffer from the absence of direct supporting references to establish the validity of the material in the text.

The information is presented in a brisk, personal, and dogmatic style that is reminiscent of British writing. Many of the dogmatic statements are justified by their accuracy, but others seem open to question. For example, I would challenge his statement that, "Cortisone is known to be the precipitating cause of approximately 20% of cases of staphylococcal septicemia in recent years" and